The famously monosyllabic Robert De Niro honoured Dustin Hoffman with a brief tribute at the annual FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTRE gala on Monday (18APR05).

The legendary MIDNIGHT COWBOY star was guest of honour at the glittering event and De Niro, who starred alongside Hoffman in SLEEPERS and MEET THE FOCKERS, offered a rare few words of admiration for his contemporary.

And a joking De Niro took the opportunity to remind Hoffman of the six year age difference between them.

He said, "I remember when I was a young kid growing up in New York, how excited I'd get when my parents took me to see Dustin's movies."

Hoffman countered, "We made history tonight. Robert De Niro speaks!"

20/04/2005 21:40